Saturday Scholars Offers Unique Opportunity for Science-Minded High School Students


Our new Saturday Scholars program, which begins this weekend (2/23), is designed to give 60 high school students an insight into current science topics as seen through the eyes of some of Palm Beach Atlantic’s top instructors.

“With Saturday Scholars we hope to create an innovative forum where high school students with a strong interest in science can hear about current topics in science from the PBA faculty,” said Dr. Fred Browning, head if PBA’s Center for Integrative Science Learning. “Many of the professors who will be sharing as part of the Saturday Scholars program have decades of experience in their fields.”

The CISL is inviting students from students from local public, private and Christian high schools to attend this series of lectures free of charge given by PBA science professors, who will discuss either their research or current topics in their fields of expertise.

“Several of the presentations will focus on topics of high interest to young people growing up in South Florida, such as toxic algae,” said Browning. “We want to connect with students through the physical and technical environment of their daily lives.”

The free programs will take place on our downtown West Palm Beach campus in MacArthur Hall rooms 1291-92, beginning 9 a.m. The professor will do a 45-minute presentation and then take questions from students.

For more information about Saturday Scholars or June’s Summer Science Camps and Institutes for grades K-12, email Dr. Browning.

The Saturday Scholars instructors are: 2/23, Dr. Ray Waldner, Professor of Biology – Toxic Algae; 3/9, Dr. Chris Hickey, Assistant Professor of Biology – Cancer Therapies; 3/16, Dr. Angela Witmer, Assistant Professor of Biology and Oceanography – “It's a Shell World, After all: Wonders of the Sea”; 3/30, Dr. Fred Browning, Professor of Physics – “The God Particle”; 4/6, Dr. Lee Pedzisa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry—“Making safer Drugs”; 4/13, Dr. Ken Pembamoto, Associate Professor of Computer Science – “A.I.”; 4/27, Dr. Sanaz Dovell, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Metabolism and Diet